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Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain
IMDB Rating : 7.7
IMDB Votes : 924
User Reviews : 15
Date Released : 7 November 2014
Run Time : 96 min
Movie Genre : Drama, History
Movie Director : Ravi Kumar
Movie Writer : Ravi Kumar, David Brooks
Movie Stars : Mischa Barton, Kal Penn, Martin Sheen, Fagun Thakrar
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain The story follows a young rickshaw-puller in Bhopal who gets a menial job at a chemical plant, but in December of 1984 a chemical spill in India takes the lives of almost 15,000 people and injuring more than 100,000. The film follows how the industrial disaster in the city changes his life and those of others.
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Last night we went to a free screening of a film titled "Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain" written and directed by Ravi Kumar, whom I expect to become quite a well known name in the next decade or two because this movie demonstrates a natural gift for the art of visual storytelling. I did not expect to like this movie. We went because we were invited by potential investors for my husband's project (Cerebus). It was in San Francisco. I did not know the subject matter of the film until I looked up the title as we drove south on Highway 101. (It was a gorgeous drive through rolling green hills dressed in mist and dusk. I love Napa Valley!) I have to say I was disappointed when I discovered that "A Prayer for Rain" was related to the 1984 poison gas disaster in Bhopal that was caused by Union Carbide, a chemical factory that was built in the middle of nowhere, but after ten years, a community had grown around it. My expectation was a heavy-handed, melodramatic Bollywood type of amateurish first attempt, more on the documentary side, and certainly boring. Of course I felt a little guilty for being so disinterested in the story beneath the tragic headline.
I was completely surprised! Ravi Kumar wrote and directed a beautiful movie! Yes, the subject matter was catastrophic and real people by the thousands were killed and tormented by the deceivers who created and managed the plant, nonetheless it was an engaging, good-humored, balanced revelation told in a way that is universal. It is a movie I will recommend to others because it is a good movie. From the editing, soundtrack, direction, casting and performances, it is a world class film. I was more than a little impressed. This film moved, enlightened, and entertained me all at the same time, and that, my friends, is exactly the way it should be when telling a true tale of such importance.